That is the topic that 8th grade students throughout Southwest Rural Electric Association’s service area in Oklahoma and Texas considered recently in the 2008 SWRE Energy Camp Essay Contest. Top prize for one Oklahoma student and one Texas student is an all-expense paid trip to Touchstone Energy Camp this summer at Red Rock Canyon in northwest Oklahoma.
Winners of the contest are Mitchell Martinez of Blair, Oklahoma, and Ashley Dawn Doherty who attends school at Harrold ISD, Harrold, Texas.
Mitchell is the son of Anita and Adolfo Martinez, and a student of Glenda Atkinson at Blair Junior High. Ashley is the daughter of Rip and Debbie Doherty and a student of Sandy Blalock.
Five other students from throughout the SWRE service area have been cited as finalists in the essay contest and are recipients of $50 in cash.
Texas finalists are Keaton Marlow, Crowell ISD, son of Rocky and Katy Marlow and student of Judy Lowe; and Connor King of Northside ISD, son of Carla King and student of Rhonda Boelen.
Oklahoma finalists are Alison Leigh Clinton from Navajo School, daughter of Sondra and Madison Clinton of Altus and student of Lori Ann Winters; Adam Dill, Frederick Middle School, son of Karen and Keith Dill and student of Classie Nolan; and Riko Prewitt, Tipton Middle School, son of James and Laura Attebery and student of Misti Tyler.
“Supporting local education has always been a top priority for our members,” said Mike Hagy, SWRE chief executive officer. “We are pleased to be able to recognize these excellent 8th grade students.”
The annual Youth Energy Camp Contest is open to any 8th grader who attends school in the SWRE service area. Southwest Rural Electric Cooperative is a member-owned utility company that provides electric service throughout a 6,000 square mile area of north Texas and southwest Oklahoma. Its headquarters are located in Tipton, Oklahoma.